Hicksville Students Participate in Moot Court

Hicksville Students Participate in Moot Court
Posted on 11/26/2019

Hicksville High School students, Roxy Dias, Aarshia  Hukmani, Stephan Harran, and Maeryam Nasari participated on November 18, 2019 Moot Court Competition at the Federal Courthouse in Central Islip, NY. The program is overseen Judge Bianco who created the Justice Institute, a week long summer program to expose students to law related careers.  

This year’s fictional lawsuit was entitled Frank Maddison v. King High School. The students grappled with the following issues: whether King High School violated Frank Maddison’s Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable seizures when a school resource officer detained him on school property for questioning regarding a crime committed on school grounds; and  whether King High School violated Frank Maddison’s Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination when the school board drew an adverse inference from Frank Maddison’s silence during a school board disciplinary hearing. Students worked weekly with Hofstra University Law students to prepare for Moot Court. Students had to focus on understanding the legal issues, structuring coherent arguments, effectively responding to judges’ questions, thinking extemporaneously, and being persuasive. The Moot Court experience provided Hicksville HS students with invaluable lessons: exposing students to varied career possibilities, working hard and pursuing excellence, overcoming fear of public speaking, and respecting the institution of our third branch of government.